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India beat Pakistan to reach final

Mohali, India – India's cricketers kept alive the dreams of billion fans after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final on Wednesday to set up a grand final against Sri Lanka.

The home side made 260-9 and then returned to bowl out their neighbours for 231 in 49.5 overs to spark jubilant celebrations among the more than 28,000 fans at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Mathurin's 32 wickets come from hard work

Bridgetown, Barbados – With an impressive haul of 32 wickets in the WICB First-Class Championship, Windward Islands left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin believes the last two years of hard work is finally bearing fruit.

“I’ve always worked hard and the hard work is now paying off. I go on the side and do extra drills after our sessions, sometimes a full hour with the coach (Ian Allen),” Mathurin said.

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Sachin's 85 takes India to 260-9

Mohali, India – Sachin Tendulkar had luck on his side as he made 85 which powered India to 260-9 off their 50 overs against Pakistan in Wednesday’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final at a jam-packed Punjad Cricket Association Stadium.

Tendulkar was dropped by Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan and Umar Akmal, while keeper Kamran Akmal also missed a half-chance. He was eventually caught at extra-cover by skipper Shahid Afridi off off-spinner Saeed Ajmal after facing 115 balls and striking 11 boundaries.

India bat first against Pakistan

Mohali, India – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final on Wednesday.

Pakistan named an unchanged team from the line-up which beat West Indies in the quarter-finals in Dhaka, while India brought in fast bowler Ashish Nehra for off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin, from the team which beat Australia in the quarter-finals in Ahmedabad.

Windies trio in T&T team to face Jamaica

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago will be boosted by the World Cup trio of Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul for their semi-final of the WICB First-Class Championship against Jamaica, starting this weekend.

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